A Midsummer Night's Dream | Critical Essay by Jeffrey Shulman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Critical Essay by Jeffrey Shulman

SOURCE: "Bottom is Up: The Role of Illusion in A Midsummer Night's Dream," in Essays in Arts and Sciences, Vol. XVI, May, 1987, pp. 9-21.

In the following essay, Shulman studies the relationship between illusion, love, and art in A Midsummer Night's Dream, arguing that the "process of illusion" offers insight into both love and art, and that Shakespeare uses illusion to guide his characters to more mature perspectives about love and marriage.

Like Hermia, the student of A Midsummer Night's Dream needs to see "with parted eye" (IV.i.188)1 for the Dream has a double focus. It is on the one hand about love and the relationship of the varieties of love experience to marriage; on the other hand, it is about art and the uses and abuses of artistic expression, and particularly the dramatic experience. The "concord of this...

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